Hungary delayed ratifying Sweden’s accession to NATO at Türkiye’s request. This was announced yesterday by the Chairman of the Hungarian Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs, Zsolt Nemeth. According to Rtl.hu, a friend of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s party said the endorsement should take place in the fall.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said that there is no need to rush to believe Hungary, because the corresponding Turkish move “will not come tomorrow.” Szyjjarto said the promise made earlier by the Hungarian government that Hungary would not be the last country to ratify NATO still stands.
Criticism of the remarks came from the opposition Momentum Party. It is “strange” that Orbán’s government, sensitive to Hungarian sovereignty, is acting at Turkey’s behest.
Urban: In constant contact
During a visit to Vienna last week, Orban admitted that he would act in concert with Turkey on NATO expansion. Before a high-level meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Christerson, he confirmed that he is “in constant contact” with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Turkey. “If we have something to do, we will act. The Hungarian government does not delay decisions,” Orban said.
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